STV Fair Jeanne

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Sail Training Vessel (S.T.V.) Fair Jeanne
Name: S.T.V. Fair Jeanne
Builder: Capt. Thomas George Fuller
Laid down: 1978
Launched: Ottawa, 1980
Status: In service
Notes: Donated by Mrs. Jeanne Fuller to Bytown Brigantine for use in youth sail training programs on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.
General characteristics
Type: brigantine
Displacement: 125.25 tonnes
  • 110 ft (34 m) (spared length)
  • 82 ft (25 m) (length on deck)
Beam: 24.6 ft (7.5 m)
Draft: 5.5 ft (1.7 m) or 12 ft (3.7 m) (with hydraulically operated drop keel down)
Propulsion: GM671 - 140hp diesel engine
Sail plan: 4500 square feet, 10 sails in a brigantine rig
Complement: Crew: 6, Trainees: 18-24.
Armament: Replica 4 pounder cannons for saluting.
Notes: Fiberglass over steel frame construction.

Tall Ship Fair Jeanne is a Canadian sail training ship built and registered in Ottawa, Ontario. She is operated by the Ottawa-based youth charity, Bytown Brigantine Inc. Fair Jeanne is a 110 ft traditionally-rigged brigantine of composite construction, outfitted with a Detroit Diesel auxiliary propulsion system. Fair Jeanne sails mostly on the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Ontario, and is berthed in Kingston, Ontario during the summer months.

While Fair Jeanne's summer port is Kingston, she was built by the Fuller family in the backyard of their Ottawa home. Fair Jeanne began life as the family's private yacht, cruising the world’s oceans for more than 10 years. Today, however, Fair Jeanne sails for a different cause and is leased to the not-for-profit youth charity Bytown Brigantine, which uses her and her sister ship STV Black Jack for youth sail training. In addition to summer youth voyages, Fair Jeanne also does fall and spring group trips for organizations such as the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Girl Guides of Canada and corporate groups. The Fair Jeanne also offers trips for people who are working towards The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards.

The length overall of the ship is 110 feet (34 m), length on deck 82 feet (25 m), and length at the waterline 72 feet (22 m). The beam width of the ship is 24.6 feet (7.5 m). The mast height is 80 feet (24 m) carrying approximately 4,500 square feet (420 m2) of sail. Her hull is constructed of a steel frame with a thick fiber glass overlay. She draws 5.5 feet (1.7 m), or 12 with the centreboard down, which allows her access to shallow docks.


Fair Jeanne began her life in the backyard of the Thomas G. Fuller, D.S.C.** M.I.D. R.C.N. She was designed and built by Capt. Fuller at his home in Britannia-on-the-Bay in Ottawa, Ontario. The keel was laid in 1978 and she was launched in 1980. Fair Jeanne was sailed by Capt. Fuller and his wife, Jeanne (now patron of Bytown Brigantine Inc.) in the Caribbean and to his old haunts in the European Seas. During the past 15 years, the ship has logged over 150,000 miles (240,000 km) in service.

The Fuller Family founded Bytown Brigantine Foundation in 1984 utilizing Fair Jeanne's sister ship, the STV Black Jack, whose port is the Britannia Yacht Club. After 14 years of faithful service to the family as a yacht, Fair Jeanne was brought into sail-training service as well, allowing Bytown Brigantine Inc. to expand its program and offer offshore sail training for youth between the ages of 15-18.[1]

Present Day[edit]

The Fair Jeanne took part in the Tall Ships 1812 Tour, a Pan Provincial event that traveled throughout Ontario during the summer of 2013, commemorating the bicentennial for the War of 1812. 16 ports participated in this event which was produced in partnership with the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2013 series. The first port of call for the tour was in Brockville, Ontario, Canada June 14–16, 2013.[2]

On the morning of July 26, 2013 the Fair Jeanne was struck by a fishing tug while at anchor near Port Stanley Ontario. The impact left a 30 cm by 30 cm hole in the hull, approximately 1m above the water line. She was repaired in Port Stanley.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Bytown Brigantine Fair Jeanne
  2. ^ "Bicentennial Events". Retrieved 13 May 2015. 

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